The middle of May in The Fortnight Garden and the garden is starting to look good! OK, so today is Sunday but this is still my Six on Saturday because Saturday was spent in hospital, again. But at least I now know what the problem is and can find a way forward.
I wrote earlier about the Patio Bed and how the planting wasn’t quite right.
I am finding the Patio Bed another difficult area – semi-shaded, good soil but chalky a few feet down. I was not happy with the positioning of plants last year and so I have made some changes this year, the second year.
What if we treated the sloping site like a gravel garden, and planted with spaces between the plants?
We have a small bed on the side of the patio and the planting needs to be ‘interesting’. Bergenia ‘Abendglut’ leaves are burnt Sienna in winter, followed by deep purple flowers in March and April, and then the leaves turn green in the summer. Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ flowers in May & June; Liriope Muscari’s lavender flowers appear in August to September, and Anenome ‘Honorine Joubert’ is gracefully white from August to October. Perhaps I should consider Libertia Grandiflora in this bed? White flowers in April and May and interesting, spikey green foliage all year. What do you think? Will this be ‘soft’ enough? Will it be snail-resistant?
The flint wall along one side of the garden is beautiful and I don’t want to cover it up.
If money was unlimited I might consider raising the height of the wall for privacy with pleached trees.
Or I could have a mass planting along the bottom of the wall.
I worked hard in the garden in early December and despite all the wind and rain it is still looking quite good.